Options Action


  • Good As Gold? Wednesday, 14 Apr 2010 | 1:30 PM ET

    Talk about a turnaround. On March 12th, Dan Nathan suggested selling Goldman Sachs stock and replacing it will an April 180/190 call spread. At first, the trade wasn't really working, but in the last three days, that package has doubled in value. So what's his next move?

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  • Takeout In The Palm Of Our Hands? Thursday, 25 Feb 2010 | 6:01 PM ET

    After squeezing the shorts and defying gravity, Palm finally came back to Earth with a major thud today. And while the fall was painful for equity investors, do options traders sense a takeout on the horizon?

  • Head Fake, Or More Pain To Come? Thursday, 4 Feb 2010 | 1:23 PM ET

    Catch me if you've heard this one before. A global crisis emerges from some obscure country, and the VIX surges by some mind-boggling amount.

  • Take A Bite? Monday, 25 Jan 2010 | 3:50 PM ET

    How would you like to make a bearish bet on Apple where the worst case case scenario involves you buying the stock down 10% from here? Apparently one option trader likes those odds.

  • We get all sorts of emails on "Options Action," but a recent one gave me pause. It comes from one of our many brave men and women serving our country in Iraq.

  • Time On Your Side Friday, 15 Jan 2010 | 11:55 AM ET

    Last Friday, Dan Nathan did something that would make even the best alchemist green with envy: he turned time into money, and he did so using the calendar spread on Intel.

  • Dividend Increase For JPMorgan? Monday, 11 Jan 2010 | 1:27 PM ET

    While market pundits are pouncing on the decline in the VIX today (something we noted on this blog last week), a far more interesting development is taking hold in options land. Could JPMorgan be on the verge of raising its dividend?

  • Are Option Prices Still Expensive? Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | 4:53 PM ET

    The VIX broke through the 19 level today, meaning pricing for puts and calls have reached their lowest levels in 16 months. But that doesn't make them cheap.

  • RIMM Redemption Friday, 18 Dec 2009 | 12:06 PM ET

    Big swings can often lead to strikeouts. But it can also mean home runs, and that's exactly what "Options Action" contributor and Phoenix Partner's Chief Derivatives Strategist Dan Nathan hit last week by purchasing the RIMM December 60/65 strangle ahead of earnings.

  • Lost Citi? Wednesday, 16 Dec 2009 | 3:44 PM ET

    Wells Fargo priced its secondary in about 24 hours. Bank of America did it in two days. But it has taken Citigroup nearly a week to complete its capital raise, and over that time, shares have fallen 13%. That has some investors calling for CEO Vikram Pandit's head.

  • Is Gold Losing Its Luster? Friday, 4 Dec 2009 | 2:59 PM ET

    Gold is in the midst of a huge pullback today on the heels of a stronger-than-expected jobs report and rallying dollar.

  • For Whom The Wells Tolls Tuesday, 15 Dec 2009 | 4:20 PM ET

    Wells Fargo jams nearly 426 million shares down investors'  throats, and yet the stock ekes out a tiny gain.  That optimism was echoed in the options market, too, with both puts and calls seeing heavy activity.

  • Fertile Ground Wednesday, 2 Dec 2009 | 4:33 PM ET

    A couple weeks back, I wrote about options traders' obsession with POT. But Potash isn't the only fertilizer catching their fancy.

  • RIMM Redemption? Friday, 11 Dec 2009 | 4:15 PM ET

    Do options traders see redemption in Research in Motion? Quietly, the stock has been one of the biggest movers on earnings, jumping either up or down an average of 13% on the last eight reporting dates.

  • End of Dash For Trash? Monday, 30 Nov 2009 | 1:26 PM ET

    A cruel December for AIG? That appears to be the bet from both equity and options traders. The stock is down 12 percent today on concerns about loan reserves. But that decline is not enough for options players.

  • GE To Double By 2011? Tuesday, 24 Nov 2009 | 3:30 PM ET

    Do options traders see a double for GE stock? Well, maybe not a double, but perhaps a gain of 40% by next year.

  • Money In The Bank? Friday, 20 Nov 2009 | 4:13 PM ET

    When it was hovering around $4 bucks, the thought of Bank of America being a $30 stock seemed patently absurd. But that's exactly what one option investor is betting on.

  • Redemption in Dell Thursday, 19 Nov 2009 | 2:47 PM ET

    It's been a tough day for stocks and for tech in particular. A firmer dollar, some lousy economic data, and a nasty semiconductor sector downgrade from Merrill are all weighing on the market.

  • This POT Is Smoking Wednesday, 18 Nov 2009 | 3:19 PM ET

    Call it a game of follow the leader today. George Soros buys Potash shares and now everyone is clamoring to buy POT.

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